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Food, water and energy issues and business

The world is facing interrelated threats from complex social-ecological and economic systems spanning the food, energy and water 'nexus'. 

The role of companies within these issues has been significantly under-researched. This research theme considers how companies both drive negative environmental impacts around food, water, energy and climate change (often collectively referred to as ‘nexus’ issues), as well as drive potential solutions.

Recent work has included an international, early-stage researcher workshop in China on nexus issues, funded by British Council, Newton Fund and National Science Fund Committee of China; and co-authoring a paper on research priorities for understanding business and nexus issues, published in Sustainability Science.

The Pentland Centre is also acting as a Lancaster-based Nexus research hub, coordinating a discussion group across Lancaster University and engaging with leading initiatives within the UK-based Nexus Network.

Key researchers: Dr. Lingxuan Liu, Professor Whiteman, Katre Leino)